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Evening dress with tie

  • Place of origin:

    Paris, France (made)

  • Date:

    Early 1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Givenchy, Hubert de, born 1927 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk crêpe, plastic, cotton, diamanté, lined with silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Audrey Hepburn

  • Museum number:

    T.231&A-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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The couturier-client relationship between Hubert de Givenchy and the actress Audrey Hepburn is one of the most famous of its type. Givenchy first met Hepburn during the shoot for the film Sabrina in 1953. He subsequently went on to design almost all her outfits in her contemporary films, as well as providing clothes for her off-screen wardrobe.

Givenchy understood perfectly that Audrey Hepburn's clothes should be glamorous without distracting from her good looks. She looked best in crisply cut, elegant garments with superb detailing, such as this evening dress. This simple white crepe gown is encrusted with pale-coloured sequins, artificial flowers and embroidery. The subtle colouring of the embroidery ensured that it did not distract from the wearer's dark-haired beauty.

Physical description

White silk crêpe evening dress with an embroidered sequined bodice and white silk ribbon tie.
[Evening dress] Dress with a beaded bodice and a full-length narrow gathered skirt and a high waistline. Sleeveless bodice with a low square back, and a V-neck at the front which hooks together and curves down and slopes under the bust, and is attached to the skirt at the left and right side front and back. The bodice consists of white organza, covered in pale green and gold coloured plastic embroidery, gold thread and with white cotton flowers with centres of gold and white beads. The bodice is edged in white and silver plastic embroidery diamantés. The dress fastens at the skirt left with press studs and hooks, and the left bodice is similarly attached. Fully lined with silk and organza.
[Dress tie] White ribbon tie fastening on the front of the bodice.

Place of Origin

Paris, France (made)

Date

Early 1968 (made)

Artist/maker

Givenchy, Hubert de, born 1927 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk crêpe, plastic, cotton, diamanté, lined with silk

Marks and inscriptions

'Made in France, GIVENCHY'

Object history note

Worn by actress Audrey Hepburn, who was the most famous of all Givenchy's clients. She was considered to be his muse and inspiration, and frequently wore Givenchy in her contemporary films.

Descriptive line

Silk crêpe evening dress with an embroidered sequined bodice and silk ribbon tie, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, Paris, 1968

Exhibition History

Fashion: an anthology by Cecil Beaton (Victoria & Albert Museum 01/01/1972-31/12/1972)

Materials

Sequins; Silk crepe; Diamantes

Techniques

Embroidery

Categories

Embroidery; Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O138904
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